Thailand Look To Relax Quarantine Amid Push For Vaccine Passport

The Thai tourism minister has confirmed today that he will propose a plan to enable foreign tourists to quarantine in tourist areas in a bid to help revive the country’s struggling tourism sector. If the plan is agreed it is believed that it will start in April or May and enable tourists to quarantine inContinue reading “Thailand Look To Relax Quarantine Amid Push For Vaccine Passport”

Vaccine Passports To Kickstart Tourism in Thailand

Phuket, Thailand. Credit Akash Rai on Unsplash Thailand is looking at utilising a vaccine passport system to help the recovery of international tourism in the country. Tourism and Sports Minister Pipat Ratchakitprakarn has today announced that the Public Health Ministry has been asked for approval for the scheme once the World Health Organisation (WHO) hasContinue reading “Vaccine Passports To Kickstart Tourism in Thailand”

Phuket Welcomes First Villa Quarantine Tourists

Thailand golf. Photo credit Martin Siegenthaler on flickr Phuket has welcomed the first 59 tourists under the Thai villa quarantine scheme. The scheme sees tourists completing immigration and customs checks before Covid-19 testing. Once cleared they are then transported to the hotel, the Sri Panwa Hotel, where they must spend the first 5 days withinContinue reading “Phuket Welcomes First Villa Quarantine Tourists”

Phuket To Open For Vaccinated Travelers By October

Bloomberg are reporting that business groups on Phuket are hoping to reopen to vaccinated travellers from October as part of their plan “Phuket First October.” The Thailand travel and tourism community has been devastated by the pandemic and hopes to allow more visitors into the country have been dented by quarantine arrangements that have actedContinue reading “Phuket To Open For Vaccinated Travelers By October”

Tourism Blow After New Vietnam Covid Outbreak

With no signs of the Vietnamese authorities lifting the travel ban on foreign visitors many of those reliant on travel and tourism looked toward internal tourism during Chinese New Year as vital to their finances. Hanoi however have today confirmed its first outbreak in 55 days as it reported 83 infections, including 2 locally transmittedContinue reading “Tourism Blow After New Vietnam Covid Outbreak”

IATA Calls For European Vaccination Certificate

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has called for the European Union to support an initiative from Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis, to agree a common digital European Covid-19 vaccination certificate that would enable those who are vaccinated to travel freely within Europe without COVID-19 testing. “Prime Minister Mitsotakis’ initiative should be urgently adopted byContinue reading “IATA Calls For European Vaccination Certificate”

Philippines Extends Travel Ban To Countries To Halt Spread Of New Covid Variants

Main picture credit L. on flickr The Philippine government has announced that is extending travel restrictions until 31st January for 32 countries where the B117 variant of COVID-19 has been reported. The restrictions were due to end today but have been extended for a further two weeks and comes just two days after the firstContinue reading “Philippines Extends Travel Ban To Countries To Halt Spread Of New Covid Variants”

IATA Calls For The Reopening of Borders

In their first media briefing of 2021 the International Air Transport Association (IATA) , the trade association for the world’s airlines, called for an end to quarantine procedures to control transmission from travellers. Alexandre de Juniac, Director General and CEO of IATA, echoed calls from the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) to end theContinue reading “IATA Calls For The Reopening of Borders”

Why The Vaccine May Not Be The Holy Grail For Opening Of Borders

Unless you are an anti-vaxxer or a Covid sceptic, the news of a number of effective vaccines against Covid-19 was universally welcomed. Many in the travel and tourism industries joined the celebrations with the hope that a vaccine would allow borders to re-open again. Experts in Malaysia have warned of a US$24.5 billion hit toContinue reading “Why The Vaccine May Not Be The Holy Grail For Opening Of Borders”

Flight Attendant Faces Prosecution Over Vietnam Covid Outbreak

The fallout from the latest community based transmission of Covid-19 is building after a Vietnamese Flight Attendant was the source of a new outbreak in Ho Chi Minh City. The 28-year old flight attendant had completed a shortened quarantine in a state facility, testing negative twice. As part of special arrangements for flight crew, heContinue reading “Flight Attendant Faces Prosecution Over Vietnam Covid Outbreak”